WP lose another young talent

2011-11-02 07:53

Cape Town - Western Province and the Stormers have lost another promising young flyhalf in Sam Lane, who boarded the plane for Australia this week.

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newspaper reports that Lane - the son of former Springbok assistant coach Tim Lane - left for Australia on Tuesday to join the country's Rugby Academy.

The 20-year-old - who was born in Brisbane but educated at Bishops in Cape Town - played for WP in this year's Vodacom Cup  but then picked up a bad knee injury. He is apparently being linked with a move to Super Rugby side, the Melbourne Rebels.

Province recently also lost the services of another promising No 10 when Lionel Cronjé signed a contract with the Blue Bulls.

Meanwhile, the Western Province Rugby Union has not yet signed a deal with flyhalf Peter Grant to play for the Stormers in 2012's Super Rugby tournament.

Grant's agent, Craig Livingstone, said they are in talks with WP. "Peter is contracted until mid-March in Japan. There is interest in a new contract in Japan, but in that case he would still be available for Super Rugby," said Livingstone.


  • vanrooyenmara - 2011-11-02 08:14


  • Nico - 2011-11-02 08:22

    Province sounds like the Lions union a number of years ago, with players leaving in droves!! Somewhere something is wrong!

      Johan - 2011-11-02 09:33

      .....they must get rid of Alister (zero-cups) Coetzee..... ..they need a coach... ...and not a "politician"...

      Steenbra - 2011-11-02 12:59

      WHat they need is somebody who will acknowledge local talent and stop people interfering with selections..Too many "ja boeties" in the WP setup.

      Thomas - 2011-11-02 22:39

      Lets be real , they can only have one on the field and one reserve so what must the others do???

      Lance - 2011-11-03 12:31

      The W.cape is overflowing with talent...many young guys willing and more than able are on hand to fill the boots of those that leave. When WP know they have a quality player equivalent or very close to the one that has been offered good $ they obviously would rather say goodbye and bring in the new recruit.. Its the pro game.....

  • paul.ramncwana - 2011-11-02 08:30

    I don't like this loan deals to Japan becoz come the last 6 games in the Super15 then Grant & Fourie will b injured or running out of energy. Now my question is what is the use of having these players? As a STORMERS SUPPORTER we know wht happens in our season we burnout come the playoff games.

  • johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2011-11-02 08:43

    Do we still have any flyhalfs left? How about liaising with Saracens again, maybe get someone there to play for the Stormers. Come on Rassie, look after the talent

  • desmond.joshua2 - 2011-11-02 08:53

    you should lay the blame at Alister/Rassie's feet.They are the cause that talented players are leaving WP.They want to stick with old stock.Rassie wants to get his cheetahs in WP.We as the public in WP can and will boycott WP rugby,like it happened a few years ago for losing every time.Get rid of the top structure.They are not bigger than the game,as it is already to late.We have lost good players to other provinces,for warming the benches.

  • Bames - 2011-11-02 08:55

    Honestly, you cant have 5 very good flyhalfs and not share. The so called gol den generation of the WPRU is slipping through their fingers. Such a pitty, as they emerge only once every 12 years.

  • philip.spies - 2011-11-02 09:20

    Now the shoe is on the other foot!!!!

  • Craigh - 2011-11-02 09:21

    what is busy going on we slowly starting to lose all our young talent

  • Johan - 2011-11-02 09:30

    Who wants to play for the loosers?

      Johan - 2011-11-02 09:38


  • Manus - 2011-11-02 09:38

    Everybody's assuming that the powers-that-be WP knew about the talks that all the leaving players had with other teams. Is that really so? And even if it is, do we have the money to contract them all? Furthermore, I have never seen Lane in action, but Rassie and Alistair have, and they're obviously better judges of players abilities than I am. Could it be that they decided that he wouldn't make the grade in the long run? As for Cronje, I think that the Bulls wasted their money - their current u21 flyhalf, Fouche, is a far better prospect.

  • Thilo - 2011-11-02 09:48

    This is not news. After all this guys is Australian and he will have a better chance of making the Aussie team in future. Lionel Cronje is not a loss either as we still have 3 other flyhalves besides Peter Grant. I also don't understand the Boohah about the centres leaving. Besides the 3 Bok centres, we still have 3 others with Currie Cup experience and two of them are not white and they are far better than Whitehead. Rassie (who makes the decisons re contracts is not a fool). Province do need to do the following: invest in two excellent props, get a fetcher and bring Francois Hougaard back to the Cape.

      Priester - 2011-11-02 10:56

      Thilo considering the number of tournaments / series and resultant games to be played next year I believe any Franchise or Union who is serious about winning will require two complete teams excluding reserves to cover injuries. As for Francois Hougaard, he is an asset to any team however he needs to remain with the Bulls / Blue Bulls in the interest of his career. Blou Bul Groete. (What happened to SAFFA-CAT, Oukoos and all the other regulars?)

      Cliff - 2011-11-02 13:03

      Priester : We are here , don't like to agree with a Bull supporter but you hit the nail on the head , two many games for one team !!!

      Priester - 2011-11-02 14:00

      Cliff welcome back! Can't wait for the new season, it's going to be a cracker with the Lions also in the running! Not sure if the Lions will have the depth to carry them all season though. Blou Bul Groete!

      Oukoos - 2011-11-04 10:54

      Priester Ek is steeds besig om te sulk oor ons horrobale 2011-seisoen. Ek sal maar volgende jaar weer begin lugkastele bou, drome droom oor die WP en Blou Bul ondersteuners se gatte krap WP groete

  • Siegfried - 2011-11-02 09:56

    Perception is reality, and WP/Stormers are being perceived to be a Big Lights Bright City union, who only wants to draw stars (even if they are past their sell-by date), instead of being a union who is willing to show commitment and loyalty to their own young bright stars, and building a spirit of camaraderie - that's is why we cannot win ON the field, because your players need to FEEL and KNOW that they are a team, not a bunch of individuals. Peter Grant should have long time ago been cemented into flyhalf position. Sorry to say but my take on WP/Stormers (my home union) for the next 2 years, is that they wont be taking home any silverware, as it will take them 2 years to build a true team...

  • coachmariana - 2011-11-02 10:08

    If anything, we should invest in locks. That was our biggest problem at the latter half of the competition

  • Phil - 2011-11-02 11:03

    As the son of a former Bok coach , this begs the question ..has he left for better rugby opportunities or is he simply looking at a safer future for himself and family ?

  • abe1wp - 2011-11-03 06:06

    Definately agree with you Nico. Rassie???? is he getting commission perhaps for each young player that gets bred in Cape Town? And why cling onto Peter Grant? There is many more talent in CT. Elgar Watts, Is-Maeel Dollie and the van As Wegen laaitie.

  • Martin - 2011-11-03 12:03

    Is it just me or does WP just not care about young talented players that they breed and just let go. I think of Froucois Hougaard who wanted to sign with WP but could not get a contract, it is just pathetic. If we dont win the S15 this year, then I dont know.

  • Ben - 2011-11-03 16:29

    I do not think we have a problem at lock. Elstadt and Bekker might be the best pair in S.A. this coming season. That is if someone could please ask Andries to play on lock from now on and not on the wing.

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